Britain’s Best Views: The London Eye, London

Discover the best views of Britain, from a 360 degree view of the city to Europe’s tallest observation wheel.

In this blog, we will tell you all about the views of The London Eye, London.

The London Eye is hands down one of the post popular tourist attractions in London as well as one of the most famous ones. The building process of this recognisable landmark was also very impressive; it took a total of seven years to build and hundreds of people from five different countries worked on this project. The actual constructions process took a little over a year and a half to complete and used over 1,700 tonnes of steel and 3,000 tonnes of concrete. For example, the capsules were built in France and transported through the channel tunnel by train and the long spindle was built in the Czech Republic!

Fun fact: Did you know that the London Eye can carry up to 800 passengers per revolution? This is equivalent to 11 London red double-decker buses! The height of the London Eye is also equivalent to 64 red telephone boxes piled on top of each other.

Once you enter into one of the glass capsules, the observation wheel rotates for around 30 minutes allowing you to enjoy a 360 degree view of the beautiful city London. On a good day when the sky is clear, you can view as far as 40 km and up to the Windsor Castle from the top of the London Eye. Everything from the Big Ben, Royal Albert Hall, Trafalgar Square and the British Museum, to St. Paul’s Cathedral, Gherkin and Tower of London, both North and South of the river, can be seen from this amazing perspective.

Top tip: Make sure you to book your tickets in advance because the line can be extremely long. Also try to embark just before sunset so you can get a view of the city in daylight on your way up and enjoy the spectacular night view as the city lights slowly turn on.

Wish to spend more time in this lively city? Stay at one of our Best Loved hotels, located less than 15 minutes away from the London Eye. Looking for a superlative London retreat in an unrivalled location? The Stafford is an exquisite city boutique hotel which offers guests a tranquil experience while being in the perfect location. Once the home of Lord and Lady Lyttleton, the luxurious atmosphere as well as the stylishly decorated elegant rooms will make you feel right at home.

If you are looking for something a little bit more extravagant, the recently £30 million refurbished St Ermin’s will not disappoint. Upon entrance, you are greeted by a grand and theatrical lobby with ornate marble flooring, balconied double staircase and elaborate plasterwork. With numerous attractions and tube stations located nearby, feel free to take a short stroll to Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey. The coolest part about the hotel? The roof is home to 20,000 Buckfast bees so you will definitely find their honey at your breakfast table!

Stay tuned for our next ‘Britain’s Best Views’ blog where we will tell you all about the amazing view from Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England.

London Eye Capsule View image by Stig Nygaard, London Eye Architecture image by Russell Trow and London Eye at Night image by Nuno Silva.